Ask, Advise to quit and Assess are the steps in approaching patients regarding smoking cessation.
All patients should be asked if they use tobacco and should have their tobacco status documented on a regular basis.
Patient with nicotine dependence is characterized by smoking within 30 minutes of waking, consuming >10 cigarettes/day and had withdrawal symptoms in previous attempts of quitting smoking.
Smokers should be strongly urged to quit at every physician encounter.
Advice should be clear, personalized, supportive and non-judgmental.
Determine the willingness of smoker to make a quit attempt.
Due to the apparent risk of adverse outcomes of disease and adverse events (AEs) associated with short-acting beta-agonists (SABA), the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) 2019 guideline recommends that all patients with mild asthma should receive symptom-driven or regular low-dose inhaled corticosteroid (ICS)−containing controller treatment.